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New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing. Barrel Blending by Matt Bonney and Matt Vandenberghe of Bottleworks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2011 Bottle thanks to Sara!
Hazy tan-nut with a fizzy white head. Nose of pear, light cardboard, lemon, and vinegar. Balanced flavor that is front-palate heavy with cherry, lemon, and more acetic acid. Lightly fizzy carbonation allows for a generally creamy experience, and the empty mid-palate highlights the bone-dry finish that lingers with a light touch of vinegar and lemon. More malt would be appreciated, but this is nicely balanced and has a particularly intriguing palate.

12/11/2011 - Next to Falling Rock 10th and Twisted Spoke. By comparison, tepid honey, nonead in oily body. Brown sugar nose, light acetone, chocolate, cherry. Flavor is egg, acetone, moderate cherry with acetic, heavy through the finish. Thin, sticky, acetic. Easily weakest of the three, probably 3.1-3.3 range now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1221) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Got to try a bit of this at the, "hannont" pre Fred Fest tasting on May 8th. Colour... cloudy golden-orange with no head. Nose... acetic, yet still quite fruity. Palate... frothy up front, and quite tangy with loads of lemon zest and pith, grapefruit pulp, yeast and quince.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1450) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
A-dark hazy amber color with a dense fluffy off white head and thick lace S-light notes of funk right up front, acetic acid, sour apple and pear notes, earthy wood. T-taste in quite balanced, sour apple, notes of pear, acetic, touch of woodiness, hints of spice, nice sourness in the finish. M-great feel, soft and prickly, medium to full with a nice level of carbonation that holds throughout but allows the flavors to really show. D-this has a great complexity mixing acetic flavors with good sweetness and nice light wood tones. very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle shared at JoeMcPhee’s during the 2010 Winter Olympics Gold Medal hockey game: Hazy ruby pour topped by a pinkish off white head. Acetic fruity aroma- vinegary, raspberry, mild lactic notes, sour cherry- nails the Flemish Red character. Very crisp body- dry as a bone. Quite acetic with a vinegary presence and tart cherry. There’s also a cleansing lactic sourness. Bone dry and cleansing. An awesome take on a Flemish Sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Bottle w/ Jordan... a lot more lambic-esque then I was anticipating. A ton of sour...very well integrated. One knock is how quickly the finish fades...starts out strong, fades off fast. A damn fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2010
(on bottle) Sour fresh(young) peas, copper sent.Spritzy fresh, lightly malted, sour dry taste. Tarts nicely and gets somewhat herbish in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2010
2009 Bottle @ Brouwers - Pours out lt amber with a large off whie head...aroma is odd, plenty of phenolic sour oak, buggy funk, but a distinct cat piss quality that I found off-putting, lemon oil and some light vinegar...flavour is similar, sour lemon, tannic wood and punch right up front, but completely dies off to the point that there is no real lingering presence at all...moderately sour and then nothing...decent but I’d much rather have a Folie...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (2272) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 29, 2009
Draft at Brouwer’s Big Wood 2009. Creamy, bubbly head. Wild nose of tart yeasts. Ruby-amber, touch hazy. Rising explosion of flavor, incredibly rich sour, malt explosion. As flavorful as they come. Refinement trails at end, which finishes a bit strong and muddled. Undistinguished nose, body of fig, walnut, quince and some oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Deep hazy amber, a little dank and dark, musty, large frothy white head, lacing that sticks, with moderate carbonation.   Wow, that’s a sour nose.   Very funky, basement and barnyard.   Really musty.   Fairly assertive nose.   Strong on first sip.   Vinegar is the biggest thing I get out of this.   Very dry and sour.   Big up front, but does fall off quickly.   Lingering tartness.   Sucks the moisture right out of your mouth.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Comparing to the Deviation I think this one falls in behind it.   Good, a little more brash up front but thankfully It doesn’t kill you on the backside.   Its an assault to the taste buds tho.   Fairly good, in small doses.   Has a bit of lingering unripened fruit skin.   Reminds me of green gooseberries for some reason.   Woth seeking out simply based on its rarity.   Enjoyable, but a little one sided.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazed light red white head. aroma of vanilla, oak, vinegar, and sour cherries. Flavor has cheesey acidic notes, sour cherries, slight medicinal quality. Long cheesy finish. Body is a bit thin. Tasty sour.

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